School Reopening in September

Coronavirus and Structure of the Day

The plans for the larger return of students and staff to the building have been made in conjunction with ‘Social Distancing’ rules and the Covid-19 Risk Assessment:

It is a requirement of all students to observe the ‘social distancing’ rules as follows:

  • Do not come to school if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms: fever, persistent cough, loss of sense of smell or taste;
  • Arrive during the stated time frame only and do not congregate outside the Academy gates on Lichfield Road;
  • Report directly to the teaching venue identified and no other place within the school;
  • Leave the Academy immediately once lessons have finished;
  • Keep your distance from others wherever possible, especially adults and those not in your year group bubble;
  • Wash or sanitise your hands when arriving at school;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Do not share equipment with others.  Make sure you bring everything you need (e.g. exercise books, completed work, pen, ruler, calculator etc.);
  • Wherever possible avoid public transport by walking or cycling to school;
  • Refrain from socialising with peers before or after school, as per current government guidance.

Please click here for the Headteacher’s Letter to Parents/Carers of all current Year 7 to Year 10 & Year 12 students – 8 July 2020.

Please click here for the Director of Sixth Form’s Letter to current Year 13 students – 8 July 2020.

Please click here for the Headteacher’s Letter to all new Year 7 students starting in September – 9 July 2020.

Please click here for the Headteacher’s Letter to all current Year 11 students – 9 July 2020.

Assistance for students claiming Free School Meals (FSM) and general information for families in need.

We have now set up a voucher system for students eligible for free school meals.  If you wish to claim these vouchers, please contact Dr Somerfield.

Please be aware that these vouchers will stop at the end of the summer holiday.

If you now feel that you qualify to claim free school meals due to a change in your situation, you should visit the local authority website for more information at https://go.walsall.gov.uk/free_school_meals or visit https://go.walsall.gov.uk/forms/Application-for-Free-School-Meals to make your claim.

Walsall Council have produced answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) which can be read here.

DfE Privacy Notice regarding FSM and FAQs can be read here.

If families are suffering financial difficulties they can contact the following organisations:-

Coronavirus support from Gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Advice from Citizens Advice
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

North Walsall Foodbank
https://walsallnorth.foodbank.org.uk/

Key numbers for parents/carers

Police:

In case of emergency dial 999
For non-emergencies dial 101

Social Services:

Walsall

Early Help Hub/MASH 01922 658170
Out-of-hours Initial response service – 0300 555 2922
http://childrens-services.webwalsall.com/contact-us/
http://www.mywalsall.org/

Wolverhampton

MASH 01902 555392
Out-of-hours 01902 552999
http://win.wolverhampton.gov.uk/kb5/wolverhampton/directory/family.page?familychannel=0

Additional support:

Blakenall Children’s Centre 01922 476698

Medical:

Walsall School Nurses 01922 423349
Walsall School Nurses Chat Health line 07480 635 363 (age 11-19)
Walsall School Nurses, Parent Text line 07520 634 909

Helplines:

Samaritans 116 123
Shout Crisis Text line, Text shout to 85258
Re think mental illness 0300 500 0927
Mind 0300 123 3393
Mind Legal Advice Service 0300 466 6463
Child Line 0800 1111
Anxiety UK 0344 775774
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
VIVUP (Employee Benefit Scheme) 01252 784540

Department of Education coronavirus (COVID 19) helpline – change to opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.

Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling 0800 046 8687.

From Monday 27 July, the helpline will be closed on weekends. We will continue to be available to answer your calls Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Updated 17 July 2020